A hair care routine should consist of the following:
· Deep conditioner
· Leave-In Conditioner
· Daily styling aids
Purchase a good-quality, moisturizing shampoo and use it at least 3-4 times a month. Make sure you focus on cleansing the scalp first. Rub the shampoo in a circular motion throughout your hair let the water work the shampoo down the length of your hair. Try to avoid roughly rubbing shampoo into your ends, which are the oldest and sometimes the driest sections of your hair. Rinse thoroughly.
Good shampoos to try:
Aubrey Organics Shampoo
Kinky Curly Come Clean
Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo
After shampooing your hair follow up with a moisturizing conditioner. This is when you focus the product on the hair, not the scalp. Use a wide-tooth comb to detangle hair and work the conditioner through. While working the conditioner through my hair, I part it into 4-6 sections, detangle each section and then twist. When purchasing a conditioner look for conditioners designed for dry and/or damaged hair, as these contain the ingredients that natural hair needs. Instead of using shampoo every time you need to clean your hair, you can co-wash (use a conditioner instead of shampoo to cleanse the hair). Co-washing in between shampoos help reduces the dryness of hair. Rich, creamy conditioners are good for the hair; they completely coat your hair, leaving it moisturized and soft.
Good Conditioners to try:
Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Moisturizing Conditioner
CURLS Coconut Sublime Conditioner
Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner
Most natural hair ladies need deep treatments more than once or twice a month. Deep conditioning helps fortify the hair and keep it healthy. If you apply a lot of heat to your hair, you may need to deep condition at least once per week. I deep condition at least 2 times a month, especially if have been pulling and tugging on my hair to achieve certain hairstyles. Find a deep conditioner that work for your curls; there are a few good brands available that won't hurt your wallet.
Try these deep conditioning treatments:
Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Hair Masque
Miss Jessie’s Rapid Recovery Treatment
Aussie Moist (3 Minute Miracle)
I find that Leave-In conditioners aide in the reduction of frizz and can also be a great moisturizer. I use a leave-in conditioner every time I wash my hair. Apply your leave-in from the shaft of your hair to the ends. Try to focus more on the ends to strengthen and prevent breakage.
Try these leave-in conditioners:
Kinky Curly Knot Today
As I am Leave-In Conditioner
Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner
Daily Styling Aids
There are tons of styling products for our hair. Most offer different results depending on the style you want to achieve. If you want perfect ringlets then look for water-based gels such as:
Kinky Curly Custard
Shea Moisture Curl Soufflé
Eco Styler Gel
If you are looking for the perfect twist out/braid out styles try using creamy products (listed below). These products can also be used as a daily moisturizing as well as assist in maintaining hairstyles throughout the week.
Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Cream
My Honey Child Twist Out Cream
Taliah Waajid Curly Curl Cream
Now, that you have this knowledge it’s important to apply it for healthy natural hair. We must determine a schedule that fits into our lifestyles, whether you are attending college, business executive, busy mom or homemaker. Sometimes keeping a hair journal until these steps become routine for you may prove helpful. We don’t want to become too busy and forget important steps to keeping our curls beautiful. When it comes to our hair, we need to make time; taking proactive steps to prevent “bad hair days” and/or damage.
Here is a sample regimen:
· Sunday: Shampoo, condition, deep condition, leave-in, style
· Monday: Daily moisturizer
· Tuesday: Daily moisturizer
· Wednesday: Daily moisturizer
· Thursday: Co-wash, moisturize
· Friday: Daily moisturizer
· Saturday: Dailey moisturize
A regimen is not complete without the nightly protection of a silk or satin hair cover or pillowcase!